Saturday, 12 March 2016

Disco or cooking?

That was the quandary facing our Brownies this week. Having planned a cooking night for 17, plus another 8 working on their GFI Guides, we discovered the school where all bar two of the girls attend was holding a disco that night.
We asked parents to let us know if their daughter would attend Brownies or disco and it did mean we were able to save money on ingredients and that we could give a bit more attention and time to the girls we had.

Well, I don't know if the 10 Brownies that chose the disco had fun but the 15 that came to Brownies had a blast! 10 of them made coconut ice, refrigerator cake and gluten-free Krispie cakes. There was plenty for all, including the 5 who were doing the GFI, the leaders and even the Guides who meet after us! Here's my leftovers two days later...

My only sadness around the clash is that some girls that really needed to do the GFI because of nervousness around going to Guides didn't attend. But as there's only one more meeting before Easter, which includes the badge presentations for the term, there's no time for them to make it up. They are still invited for their taster visit of course but they can't complete the GFI and that means they can't earn their More Adventures badge. It seems a shame that after three years with us, the only thing that stopped them achieving the highest badge a Brownie can earn is a disco that runs 3 times a year so they have 21 chances to attend over their time at the school. I know Brownies is "just another activity" to some families but it's our equivalent of skipping a martial arts grading or a ballet exam. And there isn't even a test, just participation!

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